Tabula in naufragio

TABULA IN NAUFRAGIO, Eng. law. Literally a plank in a wreck. This figure has been used to denote the condition of a third mortgagee, who obtained his mortgage without any knowledge of a second mortgage, and then, being puisne, takes the first encumbrance; in this case he shall squeeze out and have satisfaction before the second. 2 Ves. 573; 2 Fonb. Eq. B. 3, c. 2, Sec. 2; 2 Ventr. 337; 1 Ch. Cas. 162; 1 Story, Eq. Sec. 414, 415; and Tacking.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.